Clare Jarmy

The myth of the neutral school

Parents, government and teachers expect schools to show neutrality in how they educate young people, but Clare Jarmy questions whether that is truly possible – or even desirable

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I was discussing responsibilities to others with my Year 13 ethics class and we began a debate around what you should do if the person ahead of you at a cashpoint left their money behind and began to walk off down the street.

One student, a high-achiever aiming for top grades, was certain of the right response.

“I’d keep it,” they said. “If they’re such an idiot, I deserve the money.”

It was a shock. I had taught this young person ethics for nearly two years, they excelled in the subject, yet they had clearly failed to become more ethical as a result.

Part of me felt I had still done a good ...

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